Nicira is attempting to explain why they have chosen to use Open vSwitch Database protocol to configure network devices. By network devices, I mean virtual switches because I read this article as “we are making our own standars & API for configuring devices”.
My question is why?
There is a requirement to configure network device itself, in a number of different ways. But why choose to build your own method instead of using OF-Config, the ONF Standard. By using the existing consensus and participating in this process, Nicira/VMware could integrate with any other vendor & have a better chance of partnering with existing hardware suppliers.
What’s the point of a new protocol and process using OVSdb ?
It’s a regular EMC/VMware tactic to create overlay their own APIs and call them amazing, and then control access to their ecosystem through accreditation and “approved vendor lists”. There is a thin veneer of credibility around validating SCSI RAID controllers because the technology is so dodgy, but for an external API that configures a network device ?
This isn’t open or good for networking. So why do this ?